The part-time Del Mar resident was the obvious choice, his three touchdown passes obviously playing a big part in Green Bay’s 31-25 victory over the
But the most valuable players for the Packers were on defense.
It was that side of the ball that won Green Bay its fourth Super Bowl title.
"Defense was incredible tonight," Rodgers said. "They've been great all season, carrying us, getting turnovers, scoring off turnovers. Unbelievable."
A mid-game resurgence by the Steelers, fueled by their running game and the absence of Green Bay cornerbacks Rod
But the Packers won because they made two first-half interceptions, bothered and battered Steelers quarterback
“All year, our defense made plays for us,” Packers nose tackle
It's not coincidence that none of the 11 teams that have returned an interception for a touchdown have lost a Super Bowl.
Nor is it coincidence that, including playoffs, the Packers won all eight games in which they took the ball away at least three times, including in their final three games.
“That’s our game plan,” said safety
Player after player spoke of this game being business as usual for the Packers. And it was.
They ranked 10th in the
The Packers were up 7-0 when Pittsburgh took over at their 7-yard line. On the first play, defensive end
After a Steelers field goal made it 14-3 and the Packers went three-and-out, the Steelers drove to midfield when
Four plays later, the Packers were up 21-3.
"We needed that there," Matthew said. "We were able to get a turnover and turn it into points, and that was the key to the game."
The Steelers did drive 77 yards on their next possession, making it a 21-10 halftime difference. Seemingly just as significant at the time was that Packers cornerbacks Charles Woodson (collar bone) and Sam Shields (shoulder) were injured during the drive. Woodson, the defense's veteran leader and possessing the penchant for the big play, would not return. Shields played just a few snaps in the second half.
The Steelers would pull to within four points on their first drive of the second half and continue to move the ball more effectively in the second half.
Pittsburgh worked to the Green Bay 33-yard line at the end of the third quarter, still trailing by four.
But on the first play of the fourth quarter, Packers linebacker Clay Mathews helmet speared Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall’s arm, knocking the ball loose. Linebacker
Eight plays later, Rodgers made his third touchdown pass, an 8-yarder to
The Steelers would drive quickly to another touchdown and — after a Green Bay field goal — get one more chance.
Pittsburgh took over with 1:59 remaining but went out on five plays, the final three incompletions.
"When we had to go out and make a play at the end of the game, we made it," said Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers, who changed his defense from primarily man coverage to zone to account for the loss of two of his top three corners. "That's what we've been doing all through the playoffs."